Thursday, May 31, 2012

Joyous June!

** This list has been revised on June 2  to include  a few more events I somehow missed!**

This is my monthly list of free and low cost events around the greater Portland area for the month of June 2012. I compile this list for the homeschool group we belong to.  We all have kids 9 and under,  but many of the events are for all ages.  I look for events with some educational or cultural value.  My son, who has always wanted to be a scientist, has finally zeroed in on mad science as a career goal (mad herpetology in particular) and his hero is legendary mad scientist Dr. Horrible.  I asked him to help proofread this post, but as he is bent on evil world domination, I'm not sure we can take his word that there will be no typos, mistakes or cancellations!  So please doublecheck any events you'd like to attend.

Roses are in full bloom around the City of Roses!  Be sure to check out one of the many lovely public rose gardens while the glory lingers.  I listed a bunch of them in this post:  Of course the Rose Festival is in full swing! Details here: Strawberries are ripening at pick-your-own farms…yum!  Look for a farm near you at and  And farmer’s markets are beginning to have substantially more fresh produce.  Find one here:

"Schreiner's Iris Gardens Bloom Season", through June 10, dawn to dusk, 3625 Quinaby Rd. NE, Salem. Free.  Ten acres of display gardens in full bloom! "In business since 1925, Schreiner's is the nation's largest retail grower of Iris, with 200 acres in nearby fields and 10 acres of fabulous display gardens open to the public.  In our fields, thousands of Iris will be in bloom, from the deepest black to pure white, fire red to azure blue, glowing copper to velvety purple. Solid color blooms contrast with multi-hued beauties. The spectacle of row after row, field after field of brilliantly blooming flowers is well worth the visit."

"Brooks Gardens Peony and Iris Bloom Season", through June 10, 10AM- 6PM daily, 6219 Topaz St. NE, Brooks, OR. free.  "We invite you to visit our Oregon peony farm during bloom season.  200+ varieties of peonies and  hundreds of Historic bearded iris."

The Alphabeticians”, Cd Release party, Saturday, June 2, 4PM-6PM, E.A.T., 850 NE 81st Ave., Pdx, $5 per person or $15 per family, get a copy of ‘Junior’ for $5. “Our second CD, Junior, is ready to be released to the world!  Come help us celebrate with a big party, with lots of fun stuff, some prizes, and the debut of the full band (drums and bass)!  Dress as your favorite Alphabeticians song or letter of the alphabet and be entered to win prizes, including an Alphabeticians birthday show!  And Olive Rootbeer will be handing out crazy balloon creations.” Theuy will also appear Sunday June 3 and 20 at 10AM at Flying Cat Coffee, 3041 SE Division, Pdx ($5 donation per family); Friday, June 8, 5PM, at Jam on Hawthorne, 2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx ($10 suggested donation per family); Wednesday, June 27, 12:30PM and 2PM, at Beaverton Library; and Thursday, June 28, 1:30PM, Estacada Library. Mr. Hoo will also be playing every Tuesday at E.A.T., 850 NE 81st Ave., Pdx. ($5 suggested donation per family);  Wednesday (except the 27th) at 10:30AM at the Warehouse, 3434 SE Milwaukie Ave., Pdx ($5 suggested donation per family); every Wednesday (except the 27th) at 12PM at Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave. ($5 donation per family); Wednesday, June 13th and 20th at 3:30PM at Laurelhurst Café, 4611 E. Burnside Rd., Pdx ($5 suggested donation per family); every Thursday at 10AM at Flying Cat Coffee, 3041 SE Division, Pdx ($5 donation per family); and every Friday  at 11AM at Milagros Boutique, 5433 NE 30th Ave., Pdx ($3 suggested donation per person). “The Alphabeticians, Mister Hoo and Mister E, have been best friends since their salad days in the mid 80s. They formed The Alphabeticians after they both became fathers, heard some of the music that was promoted as ‘Kid's’ music and thought, ‘We can do better than that.’ They combine humor, clever (mostly original) songs, interactive elements and an all around great stage show to entertain people of all ages. Adults have as much fun as kids at a typical show, where you're likely to hear songs about numbers, size, dads, metaphors, bags, monsters, extinct fish and multiple alphabet songs.”

Mo Phillips”, Mo has regular gigs Thursdays in June, 10:30AM, at Milagros Boutique, 5429 NE 30th Ave., Pdx. ($3-5 suggested donation); Fridays at 10AM, at Soundroots, 3954 N. Williams Ave., Pdx. ($5 per walking kid); Sunday, June 9 and 23 at 10AM, Flying Cat Coffee Co., 3041 SE Division, Pdx ($3-$5 suggested donation), and Thursday, June 14, 6PM, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx.. “Mo performs interactive shows of his own that respect the intelligence of young people with wit and irreverence, without being being strictly scatological. This is music built for kids and parents alike! Mo does not dumb down lyrics or melodies for kids to "understand", and therefore sings about things whole families can appreciate. A fine, distilled blend of Americana, Soul and Blues, while not being afraid of a poppy hook or straight rockin' out.”

BJ the Clown”,  Friday, June 1, 6:30PM, Cornelius Library; and Thursday, June 21, 2PM, Banks Library.  “An exciting hour of comedy, magic, juggling, music, storytelling, puppetry, physical comedy, and audience participation. A high-energy show that children often talk about for months!”

Roundhouse”, Friday, June 1, 7PM, Tigard Library Community Room. “Uncover an Oregon bluegrass treasure.  Roundhouse brings impeccable harmonies, interesting arrangements and a blend of classic bluegrass, folk, country and original tunes with mandolin, banjo, guitar, bass and vocals.”

Oregon State Parks Day at Champoeg”, Saturday, June 2,   Day use fees are waived today at Oregon State Parks.  10AM- 4PM, as part of the Junior Ranger program, there will be free art lessons for kids.  “This annual event features a variety of activities to help visitors discover Champoeg: Tours of the 1860s kitchen garden and Old Champoeg townsite; Junior Ranger program; refreshments. Free park admission, and free camping on Saturday night (regular campsites only)."

Champoeg Bird Walk”, Saturday, June 2, 8AM- 11AM, meeting at the Lower Boones Ferry Backyard Bird Shop, 16949 SW 65th Ave., Lake Oswego.  Preregistration required; call 503-620-7454.   “Stroll along the Willamette River in stands of oak and Oregon ash on this free expert-guided bird walk. Naturalist Elaine Murphy leads you through the woods and meadows of Champoeg State Heritage Area, home of Oregon’s first provincial government and now, hundreds of species of birds including Western Bluebirds.”

Oregon State Parks Day at Milo McIver”, Saturday, June 2, 10AM, Milo McIver State Park, Estacada, OR.  “10 a.m. Canoe landing by members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. Tribal members share traditional stories, dances and drumming. Try necklace making, flint knapping, basket weaving and rock art. Sample traditional foods.”

Oregon State Parks Day at Stub Stewart”, Saturday, June 2, Stub Stewart State Park. “Join us for disc golf, orienteering, guided hikes, group mountain bike ride, group horseback ride, Junior Ranger program, displays and mid-day barbecue.”

Fort Stevens Civil War Encampment”, Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3, 10AM- 6PM, “79th New York Highlanders commanded by Fort Stevens namesake Isaac Ingalls Stevens.”

Bricks Cascade 2012”, Saturday, June 2, 10AM-4PM, and Sunday, June 2, 9AM-3PM, Oregon Convention Center, $8 per person, $28 per family of 4 or 5, ages 3 and under are free. “Please join us at the Oregon Convention Center during these dates to view thousands of artistic and ingenious marvels created by Adult LEGO enthusiasts and very talented young builders from around the world.  Vendors will also be available for purchase of T-shirts, LEGO Minifigs, Custom made plastic elements and old/vintage LEGO sets.”

Count-It”, Sunday, June 2, 9AM-12PM, Gateway Green.  “To access the site, walk north from the Gateway Transit Center toward Rocky Butte on the I-205 Multi-Use Path.  Folllow the signs and look for a blue tent. Friends of Gateway Green is excited to partner with the Audubon Society of Portland to host a birding event, “Count-It”, for community members interested in learning more about bird identification, to learn more about Gateway Green as a site and to gather information on existing birds and other wildlife.  Information compiled from this event will inform future planning for the development of Gateway Green as a recreational and natural park space. The Gateway Green-It events series strives to engage community members in enhancing the ecological and watershed health of existing and potential natural resources at the Gateway Green site, an undeveloped swath of land owned by ODOT at the confluence of I-205 and I-84.”

Freshwater Mussel Survey”, Saturday, June 2, 9AM-12PM at Tideman Johnson Park; Saturday, June 16, 10AM-1PM at Springwater Woods and Hogan Confluence; Saturday, July 14, 10AM-1PM at Brookside; and Saturday, July 15, 2-5PM at Leach Botanical Garden.  Preregister by contacting Amy Lodholz at or call 503-652-7477.  “For the last two years the Johnson Creek Watershed Council partnered with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to conduct surveys for native freshwater mussels in Johnson Creek— with your help, we want to continue to expand this work. Volunteers will learn about the biology and ecology of native freshwater mussels, and the many ways in which these animals benefit water quality and fish habitat. Native mussels are sensitive to pollution and disturbance, so exploring mussel distribution and the age structure of mussel beds provides insight on the biological conditions of Johnson Creek. Native Western pearlshell mussels were found in both stream reaches surveyed in the upper watershed, and native floaters were present in the lower watershed. The event represents a unique opportunity for the general public to assist with field research, receive unique environmental education about an important component of the stream biota which most people know very little, and to simply enjoy Johnson Creek – an urban habitat gem.”

Author Talk:  Jon Young”, Saturday, June 2, 7PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. Jon Young will join us in Heron Hall to speak about his new book, ‘What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World.’ The event will feature a special guest appearance by Calen Kennett, producer of Young’s DVD, ‘Bird Language: How to Interpret the Behaviors and Patterns of Nature.’ Young shares a doorway into the secret language of nature in his exciting new book: ‘Deep bird language is an ancient discipline, perfected by Native peoples the world over. Finally, science is catching up. . .’”

Guided Nature Walks”, Saturdays  in June, 10AM-11:30AM, Tryon Creek State Park. “Join a park ranger for a free, guided nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week but will be appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes.” June 2- Woodpeckers: Drummers of the Forest; June 9- Plant Walk and Talk; June 16- Signs of Wildlife;  June 23- Pollinating in the Park; June 30- Mini-beast Exploration.

Junior Ranger Program at Tryon Creek”, Saturdays and Sundays in June, 1PM- 2PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free, no preregistration required.  “Fun for kids ages 6-12! Join a park ranger and learn how you can help protect our natural resources, plants and animals. Participating in nature games, nature crafts and park explorations will help Junior Rangers earn their badge. We strongly encourage parents to participate in the program with your children. All parents must sign a permission slip before children participate.” Saturday, June 2- Nature Journals- Drawing,  Sunday, June 3-  Nature Journals-Writing;  Saturday, June 9- Sensory Challenge;  Sunday, June 10- Meet-A-Tree; Saturday, June 16- Animal Detectives (Tracking), Sunday, June 17- Ethnobotany:  Plants for Fiber (Rope Making);  Saturday, June 23- Amphibian Adventures: Frogs, Salamanders, and Newts;  Sunday, June 24- Weed Warriors/Forest Defenders!; Saturday, June 30-  Oregon State Parks:  Create-a-Park; Sunday, July 1-  Dancing Honeybees.

Johnny and Jason”, Saturday, June 2, 2:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  “Come and listen to the lively musical stylings of Johnny and Jason, a musical duo that performs exciting and fun music for young kids and their adults.”

Taekwondo Demonstration for Kids”, Saturday, June 2, 3PM, Midland Library.  Suggested for ages 7-12. Audience participation. “Taekwondo is a systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial art that builds self-esteem and confidence in one’s ability to defend oneself. Master Frenel Ostin of U.S. West Coast Taekwondo of Portland has a unique method of training which is fun and designed to help students maximize their full potential.”

Library Lego Lovers”, Saturday, June 2, 10AM, Ridgefield Library, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield, WA. Suggested for ages 5-11. “Join us the 1st Saturday of each month for a new Lego challenge.”

Mt. St. Helens is Alive and Well”, Saturday, June 2, 10AM, Stevenson Library, 120 NW Vancouver Ave., Stevenson, WA.  “A presentation about Mt. St. Helens by Interpretaive Ranger Barbara Maehara.”

Portland Youth Spelling Bee”, Saturday, June 2, sign-ups at 12:45PM, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. “Are you a W-H-I-Z at spelling? Kids ages 5-18 are welcome to come strut their spelling stuff on the Mississippi Pizza stage. Three difficulty levels give everyone a chance to play. Winners take home fun prizes, and every speller gets a treat.” 

Gresham-Fairview Trail Evening Walk”, Sunday, June 3, 7PM-9PM, at Linnemann Station Springwater Corridor Trialhead. “Join Audubon Society of Portland's Jim Labbe and Bich Trinh and City of Gresham's Laura Guderyahn 7 to 9 PM on Sunday, June 3rd, for an evening bird walk along  segments of the Gresham-Fairview Trail in West Gresham. We'll take a leisurely stroll along new trail sections taking in views of Grant Butte and the waterfowl in the surrounding wetlands. We'll talk about recent efforts to support parks, trails, and improved access to nature in East County while enjoying some of our local avian fauna. If there is time we'll also visit Gresham Woods via the Springwater Corridor and do some birding along Johnson Creek. Meet at 7PM at the Linnemann Station Springwater Corridor Trailhead. To get to Linnemann Station take Powell Blvd east past SE 182nd and turn right on Powell Loop. Go south and east along Powell Loop for 1/10 of a mile. Linnemann Station will be on your left along the Springwater Corridor Trail. You can also get to Linnemann station by cycling 14 miles east of Portland along the Springwater Corridor Trail.”

"Tea and Roses", Sunday, June 3, 11AM- 4PM, Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery, SE 26th Ave. and SE Stark St., Pdx. Free.  "Stop by the Roses of Old Oregon pioneer garden for complimentary tea and cookies. View the historic blooms and listen to short talks about old roses and Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery. There will be special “guest appearances” by Georgiana Pittock, who passed away in 1918, and by rose garden founder Mary Drain Albro, who passed away in 1962. The event is part of the Rose Festival History and Roses Tour and takes place rain or shine. Free rose and lavender sachets will be offered while supplies last."
11:30 = History of Lone Fir Cemetery
12:00 = Guest Appearance by “Mrs. Mary Drain Albro,” Rose Garden Founder
12:30 = Guest Appearance by “Mrs. Georgiana Pittock,” Portland Rose Society Founder
1:15 = Roses of Antiquity presented by the experts at Heirloom Roses of St. Paul, Oregon
2:00 = Northwest Rose Historians
2:30 = Victorian Motifs in Gravestone Art

Jazz Guitar with Anson Wright”, Sunday, June 3, 2PM, Central Library, Collins Gallery.  “Enjoy elegant guitar sounds with jazz guitarist Anson Wright. With a style often compared to Jim Hall’s, his playing has been lauded as “elegant” and “impressive,” demonstrating what one reviewer calls a “finely honed harmonic intelligence.” Anson has released two CDs, State of Grace and Ukiah’s Lullaby, and is also the author of several books.”

Mr. Ben”,  Mr. Ben plays regular gigs Monday, June 11, 18, and 25, at 5PM at Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave.; Tuesdays at 10AM at Woodlawn Swap ‘N’Play, 704 NE Dekum St., ($5 donation for non-members); Wednesdays at 10AM at Eco Baby Gear, 2122 SE Division St. (suggested donation $5 per family or $3 per person); Wednesdays 4PM- 6PM at Santa Fe Taqueria, 831 NW 23rd Ave. (kids eat free); and Thursdays at 11AM at E.A.T.,  850 NE 81st Ave., Pdx, (suggested donation of $3 per person or $10 per family). “Mr. Ben plays live music for kids and families in and around Portland, OR. His shows are the perfect blend of entertainment and education. Your child can participate as much or as little as they choose — they are free to explore new musical ideas and concepts at their own pace and in their own way.”

Summer Sky Highlights and the Transit of Venus”, Monday, June 4, 7PM and 8:15 PM, Mt. Hood Community College Planetarium, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham, OR. $2. “All shows are presented under a realistic representation of the night sky, featuring the latest galactic, stellar and planetary images.”

Full Moon Hike”, Monday, June 4, 8:30PM- 10PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Oaks to Wetlands Trail on the Carty Unit, Ridgefield, WA.  Free.  Preregistration required; call Sarah HIll at 360-887-4106 or email “A trail which is unfamiliar by day becomes a whole new experience at night!  Our trail guides will lead you on an adventure in which owls hooting, coyotes howling, bats flying, and rustling in the brush are all wonderful possibilities.”

The Dolphin in the Mirror”, Monday, June 4, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx.  Free, $5 donation requested.  All ages welcome.  “Who is that dolphin in the mirror? When a dolphin looks in a mirror, does it know it is looking at itself? Dolphin expert Diana Reiss says yes. A pioneer in the exploration of the dolphin mind, Reiss will discuss discoveries about the nature of their intelligence such as their capacity for mirror self-recognition, creativity and manipulation, vocal learning, and even using an underwater keyboard. In light of what she’s learned about dolphin thinking, Reiss spends much of her time thinking dolphin and working as an advocate for their global protection.”

Uniquely Oregon: Native American Art of Oregon”, Tuesday, June 5, 6:30PM, Canby Library.  “What does Oregon's Native American art tell us about our state's identify? How is it different than Native American artwork produced in other parts of the Pacific Northwest? Join us for an interactive program led by Tracy Prince of Portland State University.”

Tour of Audubon Society of Portland’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center”, Tuesday, June 5, 6PM- 7:30PM,  Audubon Society, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx. $6.50.  Ages 8 and older.  Advanced tickets required; purchase tickets online here: “Learn about ODFW's Wildlife Rehabilitation Program by touring the Portland metro area's primary wildlife rehabilitation facility.  Observe federally and state licensed wildlife rehabilitators in action and see wildlife up close.  Learn about the challenges wildlife face in an increasingly urbanized environment.”

Bonnie Robbins”, Tuesday, June 5, 7PM, Lake Oswego Library, and Wednesday, June 27, 12PM, Scott Park, Ledding Library Ampitheater, Milwaukie. “Brazilian rhythms, exotic percussion instruments and uplifting songs by guitarist, singer and percussionist Ronnie Robins.”

Legos and More”, Tuesdays in June, 2-6PM, Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver, WA. Suggested for ages 6-11. “Drop in for creative construction with Legos, Clics, K’nex and other fun building toys.”

Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate”, Tuesday, June 5, 6:30PM, Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver, WA; and Thursday, June 7, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “In this beautiful, educational and fun slide presentation, Dr. Kallas shows how to identify, harvest and prepare nutritious, delicious, and abundant edible wild plants found within walking distance of your kitchen. He also shows you features that make for effective learning in any wild food book. Learn some of the most common edible wild plants within walking distance of your kitchen and how easy it is to find, identify and enjoy them as normal foods in everyday meals. See and understand general features that you should look for in edible plant books and other educational resources. Bring your friends to wow them about the potential of wild foods. The presenter and author, John Kallas, will sell and sign his book ‘Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate’ at the end of this presentation.” Flier for Hillsboro Library: Flier for the Vancouver Library:

Transit of Venus”, Tuesday, June 5, 3PM- 9PM, OMSI east parking lot.  Free. Special solar viewing glasses will be sold for $2. “The last to occur in our lifetime, a rare celestial event called a transit of Venus is set to transpire on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and the Rose City Astronomers Club will host a free transit of Venus viewing party in OMSI’s south parking lot for this exciting occurrence.  Filtered solar telescopes and indirect viewing methods will be available for safely observing the transit.  NASA TV and San Francisco’s Exploratorium will display the transit of Venus from viewing sites around the world. OMSI will show their broadcasts live in the museum’s auditorium.  The auditorium doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and admission to the televised transit is free (no reservations required).  A transit of Venus is the observed passage of the planet Venus across the disk of the sun.  It occurs when Venus, orbiting the sun “on the inside track,” catches up to and passes the slower Earth.  To viewers, Venus will appear as a small dot in the foreground, making its passage (or “transit”) from left to right across the face of the sun. For Portland, the transit will commence at 3:05 p.m. when Venus appears to the east of the Sun.  The greatest transit movement will occur at 6:29 p.m. when Venus appears just off-center to the right of the northern area of the sun. The sun will set at 8:55 p.m. and the transit will end at 9:44 p.m. as Venus exits to the west of the sun. It is important to use eye protection or indirect viewing techniques when observing this transit activity. Viewers should use only an approved solar filter which blocks dangerous ultraviolet and infrared radiation as well as visible light.  Special solar viewing glasses are available at the OMSI Science Store for $2.”  Rose City Astronomers have details on what will be visible when from the Portland area, and more info how to view this event with a homemade pinhole projector:

Third Marine Aircraft Wing Jazz Combo”, Wednesday, June 6, 12PM, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway, Pdx.  Free.  Concert will be held outside on Main Street between Broadway and Park Ave., weather permitting.  In case of rain it will be moved indoors to the lobby of the Antionette Hatfield Hall.  “The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Jazz Combo, based in San Diego, CA, comprises six combat-trained Marines with diverse musical backgrounds. Instrumentation includes electric piano, bass guitar, electric guitar, drum set, trumpet and saxophone. The combo plays many standard Jazz charts including bop, swing, Latin and funk. Come celebrate Rose Festival with a tune-filled noontime concert by this exciting group.”

Mt. Hood:  History and Hazards and Its Relationship to the Bull Mountain Watershed”, Wednesday, June 6, 1PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin.  Free. “William "Willie" Scott, research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Volcano Science Center, and Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver will share historical insights and current research on Oregon's icon easily viewed from Tualatin.  Dr. Scott will also correct a common assumption on the Bull Run Watershed, source of Tualatin’s drinking water. Monthly program sponsored by the Tualatin Historical Society.”

Wednesday Evening Nature Walks”, Wednesdays in June, 5PM- 6:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park. Free, no preregistration required. “Free guided nature hikes exploring the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Topics will vary from week to week but will be appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes.”

Pedalpalooza”, Thursday, June 7- Saturday, June 30.  “Pedalpalooza is 3+ weeks of bikey fun.  With 249 different events, most organized by individuals, bikers of all persuasions are likely to find many events of interest.  Nearly all events are free.”

Dragon Theater Puppets present, “Dracula Re-vamped”, Friday, June 8, 7PM, and Saturday, June 9, 3PM and 7PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx.   Advance tickets for ages 3 and up are $6.50; purchase tickets online:   “In this comedy for all ages, Dracula's wife gets eaten by King Kong and her head gets donated to Dr. Frankenstine. But the new bride created for his monster does not want to marry him -- instead she runs off.  Dracula, The Mummy, The Creature, Frankenstine's Monster, The Wolf Man and others chase after her to try and win her heart.”

Night Walk”, Friday, June 8, 7:30PM- 9:30PM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood, OR.  Preregistration required; contact Jenna Mendenhall:; 503-625-5944 x222. “One of the best times to experience nature is when the sun goes down. Come learn about the adaptations animals have which allow them to be most active at night and discover the sights and sounds for yourself on a guided walk through one of the few urban refuges in the country. This event is family friendly.”

Lelooska Foundation Evening Program”, Saturday, June 9, 7PM,  grounds and museum open at 5:30PM, 165 Merwin Village Rd., Ariel, WA.  $12 adults, $8 children 12 and under.  Advance tickets required; call 360-225-9522. “The Lelooska Family brings to life the masks, stories, songs and dances of the Sewide lineage of the Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) in the glimmering firelight of their cedar ceremonial house.”

"Water Wonders at Blue Lake", Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview, OR. Free with $5 day use fee per vehicle. Suggested for ages 3 and up. "Explore how precious water helps plants and creatures thrive, and how to protect it from pollution. Discover exciting activities such as lake creature explorations, water critter origami, water cycle card making or fishy potato stamp printing."

Treasure Island”, Friday, June 8, 7PM,  Saturday, June 9, 7PM, and Sunday, June 10, 2:30PM. Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx. Free; donations requested. Performed by MAC’s Studio Theatre Class, ages 8-16.

Backyard Habitat Open House”, Saturday, June 9, 10AM-1PM.  Free. Preregistration required; preregister online  “Tour a Gold Certified Backyard Habitat in Lake Oswego.  Friends volunteer Paul Lyons will be opening his yard to showcase the aesthetic pleasure and ecological benefits that can result from enrolling in the Backyard Habitat Certification Program.  This event is open to anyone interested and backyard tours will focus on naturescaping, wildlife stewardship, sustainable stormwater management, and invasive species removal.  Plenty of coffee and refreshments will be available on site.”

"Painted Turtle Walk", Saturday, June 9, 1PM, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 5300 N. Marine Dr., Pdx.   Free. Preregistration required; register online: "Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is home to one of Oregon’s largest populations of Western painted turtles. Your naturalist guide will have telescopes for great looks and turtle shells to examine to see how these animals are built. Meet in the parking area on North Marine Drive."

Victorian Handicraft Demonstration:  Crabs”, Saturday, June 9, 12PM-4PM, McLoughlin House, 713 Center St., Oregon City.  “Crabs. No, not that kind! These crabs are stitched, squeezable containers, perfect for small items.”

Life in Space”, Saturday, June 9, 10:30AM, Albina Library.  “What do you wear when going to space? Join staff from the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum to learn about the environment of outer space. Since humans cannot live in space, we have to wear a spacesuit, which acts like a mini spacecraft and lets an astronaut hang out outside in the vacuum of space. You can even check out a real space suit and helmet. Fun for all ages!”

Dream Big, Dinosaur Big!”, Saturday, June 9, 1PM and 3PM, Battle Ground Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground, WA.  Preregistration required; call 360-687-2322 on June 2 to register. Suggested for grades K-4.  “Join us and our friends from OMSI as we learn about these prehistoric giants and make your own cast of a Velociraptor claw!”

Alien Invasion!”, Saturday, June 9, 3PM, Northwest Library; and Tuesday, June 26 Troutdale Library. “An evil genius is out to destroy all of the planets in the Milky Way galaxy, including Earth! But with your help, we can save our galaxy from complete obliteration. In this multi-media show of stories and songs, storyteller Rick Huddle will take you on an adventure that will make you laugh, sing and work together to save our planet.”

Lone Fir Cemetery Guided Walking Tour”, Saturday, June 9, 10AM-12PM, Lone Fir Cemetary, entrance at SE 26th Street between Stark and Morrison Sts, Pdx. $10 suggested donation. “Come for an informal history lesson while enjoying the beauty and tranquility of Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery in SE Portland. Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery conducts monthly tours, highlighting Portland’s founders, pioneers, its famous and infamous alike, as well as interesting headstones and monuments. Come visit this hidden jewel! Explore 30 acres of mature trees, a very special rose garden and fascinating architecture in this unique place, the only cemetery in Portland listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Suitable for all ages. No advance registration required. Meet in the center of the cemetery, at the soldiers’ monument.” Lone Fir was the first public cemetery in Portland, and a tour is a must for anyone learning about local history.

Swingin’ With Dean”, Saturday, June 9, 3PM, Kenton Library.  “In this lively performance, Dean Ratzman plays the piano, trumpet and trombone, entertaining with a combination of swing, jazz, blues, rock and soul hits of great American artists from the 1940s-1970s. Dean touches on the styles of Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Cole Porter, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, The Young Rascals, Neil Diamond and The Temptations, along with a few of his own originals.”

Brick and Little Builders”, Saturday, June 9, 10:30AM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 3-11; no preregistration required. “Come and play with LEGO and Duplo blocks.” 

Jass Two Plus One”, Saturday, June 9, 2PM, Beaverton Library.   “Jass Two Plus One brings you the romance and adventure of 1920’s and 1930’s Jazz.  It was a vibrant, robust, naughty new music people first called “Jass” and later “Jazz”.

Dream Catcher Craft”, Saturday, June 9, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie.  “Make a ‘Dream Big’ dreamcatcher.”

Family Hike- Herons of Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge”, Saturday, June 9, 8AM-11AM. Free.  “On this two-mile stroll around the 160-acre Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Mike Houck will point out great blue herons, bald eagles, and a host of song birds that call the Bottoms home. Meet Mike at the parking lot at the north end of Sellwood Park at 8 a.m. (corner of SE 7th Avenue and SE Sellwood Boulevard). Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Part of the hike will be on dirt trail (possibly muddy), so wear appropriate footwear.”

Peddlepalooza Ride- Neighborhood Greenways of North Portland”, Saturday, June 9, 2PM-5PM.  Free. “Ride new Neighborhood Greenways in North Portland that connect neighborhoods to lush natural areas at Smith and Bybee Lakes. Learn about creating and connecting with nature in the city, and the vision for The Intertwine. Ends at Columbia Park for a picnic (bring food!) and live bluegrass music from Stumbleweed. The ride will be a very family-friendly pace. We start at Pittman Addition HydroPark on the Concord Neighborhood Greenway, head out to Smith Lake, and return to Columbia Park. The entire route is on Neighborhood Greenways or trails. It's an 11.3 mile route that will take 3 hours, including stops. Leaders include Mike Houck, Director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute, and Greg Raisman, Portland Bureau of Transportation.”

Champoeg Free Fishing Day”, Saturday, June 9, 11AM- 3PM. “Try your luck at catching warm water fish in the Willamette River. Fish without a license June 9-10. Free use of rods and reels (subject to availability) with free bait and fishing instruction. Junior Ranger program for kids. Free park admission.”

Stamp Camp”, Saturday, June 9, 2PM-5PM, Tualatin Library.  Preregistration required; register online.   Cost: $14 supply fee for one student, or two for $24 with the family and/or friend discount, due at the beginning of class. Discount limited to one per friend or family member. Supply fee includes all supplies it will take to complete your cards. In this class you’ll make four unique greeting cards, including a birthday card, thinking of you card, thank you card, etc. You choose your customized greeting on each of your cards. Additionally, we will make one surprise project. You will leave with five completed projects.”

Quizissippi Jr.- for kids!”, Saturday, June 9, sign up starts at 12:45, Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., Pdx. “Why should grown-ups have all the fun? Portland’s only kid-friendly trivia event invites your whole family to “the best trivia on Saturday afternoons on Mississippi Avenue.” Questions for both adults and kids, multimedia clips, physical challenges, and plenty of great music mean a fun challenge and a good time for all. Teams of up to five players play FREE for fun prizes.” 

Vancouver’s National Get Oudoors Day”, Saturday, June 9, 10AM- 3PM, Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA.  Free. “Your Gateway to the Great Outdoors! National Get Outdoors Day is an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun! This FREE fun family event is held every June. If you are looking for fun ways to get out in your backyard, enjoy your local parks or explore our national forest, this event has something for you. Join more than 50 agencies, organizations and businesses for lots of outdoor fun, ideas andinformation on activities for the whole family.  National Get Outdoors Day was created to reconnect children to the outdoors through a healthy, fun day of outdoor adventure aimed at reaching first-time visitors to public lands.”

Dragon Boat Races”, Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, 8AM- 4PM, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Pdx. Free. “80 teams compete (including local, national, and international teams) with heats of four teams competing every nine minutes. These races are held on the Willamette River (near the Hawthorne Bridge), in boats graciously provided through the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association.”

Make Earrings, Bracelets, and Necklaces”, Sunday, June 10, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library.  “Join artist Maria Alvarado in learning how to make earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Participants will be able to create their own unique designs using a variety of beads and wires.”

Killin Wetlands, Pacific University Bird Walk”, Saturday, June 10, 8AM-11AM, meeting at the Beaverton Backyard Bird Shop, 111429 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Beaverton. Free.  Preregistration required; call 503-626-0949.  “Seek elusive marsh birds and Acorn Woodpeckers on this free expert-guided bird walk with Elaine Murphy to Killin Wetlands and Pacific University. This walk offered by the Beaverton Backyard Bird Shop features one of the largest remaining peat wetlands in the Willamette Valley. The rare organic peat soil wetlands of the area provide a home to unique species of plants and animals including bittern, rails, and sora.  Nearby we’ll search for Acorn Woodpecker and songbirds amid Pacific University’s stately groves of Oregon White Oak.”

"Connect to the Columbia Canoe Paddle", Sunday, June 10, 10AM-2PM, Vancouver Lake, 6801 NW Lower River Rd., Vancouver, WA.  Free, no preregistration required. Canoes available strictly on a first come, first served basis. "Join the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership at the REI Paddle Demo day on Vancouver Lake. Come aboard stable 34-foot big canoes led by Estuary Partnership staff. Participants paddle the canoes, observe wildlife and experience the area from a unique on-water perspective. Children over 5 years old and adults are welcome. There is no charge for this paddle adventure. The Estuary Partnership provides personal flotation devices in standard sizes for ages 5 and above. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis."

Ross Island Regatta”, Sunday, June 10, 10AM- 1PM, kayak and canoe rentals are the only cost, if you don’t already own one.  “In honor of Great Blue Heron Week, Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe, Audubon Society of Portland, Portland Parks and Recreation, Urban Greenspaces Institute, Wasabi Paddling Club, and Willamette Riverkeeper will host the annual Ross Island Regatta. The Regatta is an opportunity to enjoy a morning on the Willamette River and explore the future of Ross Island, the Holgate Channel, and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge as one of The Intertwine's most significant urban natural resources. Celebrate the newly established Slow-No Wake Zone in the Ross Island Lagoon and the upstream portion of the Holgate Channel. The Audubon Society of Portland, Portland Parks and Recreation, Willamette Riverkeeper, and Urban Greenspaces Institute will lead one flotilla from Willamette Park boat ramp at 10am sharp. The flotilla will paddle across the Willamette to the Oregon Yacht Club and head on downstream through the Holgate Channel and past 160-acre Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, listening for and looking at birds and other wildlife along the way. Wasabi Paddling Club and Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe will launch from the boat dock at the Boat House just upstream of the Hawthorne Bridge. If you don’t own a kayak or canoe, you can rent one at Alder Creek. All groups will rendezvous in the Ross Island lagoon at 11:15am to learn more about the restoration and future of Ross Island, Holgate Channel, and adjacent Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.” More info here.

Tree ID Workshop”, Sunday, June 10, 10AM-12PM, Mitchell Creek (near 15912 SE Clatsop).  Parking on SE 162nd.  Free.  Preregistration required; call Amy Lodholz at 503-652-7477.  “This free event is hosted by Johnson Creek Watershed Council and sponsored by the Clackamas County Water Environment Services. Leader: Friends of Trees volunteer Chris Runyard.”

Cathlapotle Plankhouse: Chinuk Wawa”, Sunday, June 10, 2PM, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield, WA.  “Join us at 2pm as we learn about chinuk wawa, a trade language used by tribes along the Columbia River.  Greg Archuleta, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and Justin Robinson, Chinook Indian Nation, will introduce visitors to the history of the language and learn some basic words and pronunciation.  If weather permits, a walk on the near-by Oaks to Wetlands trail will allow participants to learn the name of plants used by Native Americans and some of their important uses.”

Portland Origami Paper Shapers”, Sunday, June 10, 1:30PM, Belmont Library. “Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain. Learn a new origami project each month with various local origami instructors.” 

Milk Carton Boat Races”, Sunday, June 10, 11AM-3PM, Westmoreland Park Casting Pond, Pdx.  Free.  “Children and Adults race and show off handmade boats that float entirely by means of recycled milk cartons and jugs.”

Author Talk:  Cheryl Strayed”, Monday, June 11, 7PM, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy., Pdx.  “Annie Bloom's welcomes back Cheryl Strayed, author of the memoir Wild. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than ‘an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.’ But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”

Family Campfire Adventure”, Monday, June 11, 6:30-8:30PM, Tryon Creek State Park.  $6.  Preregistration required; register online.  “The Friends will host a fun-filled campfire adventure each of upcoming summer months. This is an opportunity to experience an evening at camp with park explorations, campfire making, sing-alongs, stories, and of course, some fantastic campfire deserts! On this night we’ll travel through the forest learning about the ways indigenous people used Tryon Creek. Following our hike we’ll make a campfire, share Native American legends, and make smores for dessert.”

Welcome to Iran”, Tuesday, June 12, 6:30PM, Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver, WA.  “Art Wright, a Portland filmmaker, joined Battle Ground Librarian Jackie Spurlock and her husband on their 2008 trip to Iran. In this video project, he explores the rich history and modern-day vibrancy of this fascinating and little-known country.”

Stories from Jewish Portland”, Tuesday, June 12, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Pdx.  “Portland writer Polina Olsen will be here to present her book ‘Stories from Jewish Portland’, published by The History Press. This collection of Ms. Olsen’s ‘Looking Back’ columns from The Jewish Review contains the stories of a culture whose roots stretch back to the gold rush, whose heart is in ‘the old neighborhood’ of South Portland and the memories of its residents and whose identity is alive and well in synagogues and community institutions. The author recounts the history of this richly layered community through letters, interviews, and stories. It is a valuable guide to help explore the lives of early settlers brought by opportunity and New York’s Industrial Removal Office, to walk the streets of the old neighborhood (alive with basketball games and junk peddlers) and to learn the proud history of institutions like the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, which continues to this day.”

Author Reading:  Lily Raff McCaulou”, Tuesday, June 12, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.  “When Lily Raff McCaulou traded a film production career in New York for a newspaper reporting job in rural Oregon, she never imagined herself picking up a gun and learning to hunt. She’d been raised as a gun-fearing environmentalist and, though a meat-eater, she’d abided by the principle that harming animals is wrong. But when she began interviewing hunters for her articles, she realized that many of them were more thoughtful about animals and the environment than she was. From attending a Hunter Safety course designed for children to field dressing an elk and serving it for dinner, she explores the sport of hunting and tackles the big questions surrounding one of the most misunderstood American pastimes. More than just a personal memoir, this book examines the role of the hunter in the twenty-first century, the tension between hunters and environmentalists and new ways to ethically harvest food.”

Birding at Henry Hagg Lake”, Tuesday, June 12, 8:30AM- 1PM, Meeting at Elks picnic area. A park fee may be required. “Pack a lunch and join the Audubon Society to explore this extensive county park. Google for directions or call Marilynn Burke at 503-228-0598 or Sue Carr at 503-649-3360.”

Between the Book Covers:  The Western from Buffalo Bill to Larry McMurtry”, Wednesday, June 13, 7PM, Tigard Library Community Room.  “Award-winning author and speaker Richard Etulain traces the story of how the fictional Western came into existence, persisted relatively unchanged for a century and has moved in notable new directions since the 1960s.”

Rocket Hamster’s Space Odyssey”, Wednesday, June 13, 6PM, Estacada Library Flora Community Room; Thursday, June 14, 1PM, Woodburn Library; Thursday, June 14, 7PM, Silver Falls Library, Silverton, OR; Friday, June 22, 3PM, Goldendale Library, 131 W. Burgen St., Goldendale, WA; Tuesday, June 26, 2:30PM, Capitol Hill Library (free tickets will be given out at 2PM); “Rocket Hamster may be small, but he dreams big. His dream is to become an astronaut and travel amongst the stars. After building a rocket ship to travel the solar system, he soon faces a team of wacky super villains who try to stop him from reaching his goal. Join Dragon Theater on Rocket Hamster’s journey in this all ages puppet show.”  Highly recommended!

Author Talk:  Peter Zuckermann”, Wednesday, June 13, 7:30PM, Powell’s 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx.  “When Edmund Hillary first conquered Mt. Everest, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was at his side. Indeed, for as long as Westerners have been climbing the Himalaya, Sherpas have been the anonymous experts, unsung heroes in the background. In August 2008, when eleven climbers lost their lives on K2, the world’s most dangerous peak, two Sherpas survived. They had emerged from poverty and political turmoil to become two of the most skillful mountaineers on earth. Based on unprecedented access and interviews, Buried in the Sky reveals their astonishing story for the first time. Buried in the Sky explores the intersecting lives of Chhiring Dorje Sherpa and Pasang Lama, following them from their villages high in the Himalaya to the slums of Kathmandu, across the glaciers of Pakistan to K2 Base Camp. When disaster strikes in the Death Zone, Chhiring finds Pasang stranded on an ice wall, without an axe, waiting to die. The harrowing rescue that follows has become the stuff of mountaineering legend. At once a gripping, white-knuckled adventure and a rich exploration of Sherpa customs and culture Buried in the Sky recreates one of the most dramatic catastrophes in alpine history from a fascinating new perspective.”

Brick and Little Builders”, Thursday, June 14, 4PM, Beaverton Library. Suggested for ages 3-8; no preregistration required. “Come and play with LEGO and Duplo blocks.” 

Portland Actors Ensemble presents, “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”, June 14, 15, 16, 21, 23, 28, 29, and 30, at 7:00PM, Lone Fir Cemetary, entrance at SE 26th Ave. and SE Washington St., Pdx.   Free. “The show will be performed just west of the Soldier's Monument at the center of the
   cemetery. Please enter from SE 26th Ave. and stay on the paved areas.”  There will also be a special show June 22, 6:30PM, at Marylhurst University, Knight’s Green in front of the BP John Administration Bldg., 17600 Pacific Hwy., Lake Oswego.

Master Gardeners Series- Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening”, Thursday, June 14, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. “Many gardeners forget that summer is the time to plan and plant for their fall and winter gardens. Extend your garden’s productivity by learning the process of vegetable gardening for the fall and winter. Topics will include bed preparation, what to plant and when, season extending techniques, and when to harvest.”

"Animal Activities at Blue Lake", Friday, June 15, Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview, OR. Free, with $5 per vehicle day use fee.  Suggested for ages 3 and up. "Come see what creatures visit a garden and how they help it grow. Find animal footprints, see what brings butterflies and how to help birds eat better. Enjoy fun activities such as critter rock painting, animal origami, potato stamp footprinting and wildlife journaling."

Birding at the Sandy River Delta”, Friday, June 15, 8AM- 12PM.  “Join Audubon Society leader Dudley Thomas for our annual hike at the Sandy River Delta. At this time of year, this area is home to a wide variety of species, many of which are nesting. From I-84 eastbound, take Exit 18, turn right at the bottom of the exit, loop around under the freeway, and proceed straight ahead to the parking lot and restrooms.”

Nuestro Canto”, Friday, June 15, 1PM, Lake Oswego Library.  “The Lake Oswego Public Library is very pleased to present Nelda Reyes and Gerardo Calderon of Nuestro Canto.  Mexico is well known for its legends, myths, and tales. Nuestro Canto will bring these legends to life with their “Legends of Mexico-Leyendas de México” performance. Nuestro Canto uses masks, movement, dance, and music to introduce the audience to the geography, history, traditional music and the different languages of Mexico.”

Author/Illustrator Reading: Charlotte Vivian Rodenberg”, Saturday, June 16, 2PM, Powell’s, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.  “Imagine––amid the leafy branches of a pear tree, you come upon a nest of tiny pterodactyl eggs. You look all around, but their momma is nowhere to be seen. What do you do? Having found just this, one kind-hearted Apatosaurus must seek a way to protect these fledglings. In this tale of caring and camaraderie, join the world’s bravest Bronto on his quest to help little wings take flight!”
Sandy River Delta Bird Walk”, Saturday, June 16, 8AM-11AM, Meeting at the Clackamas Backyard Bird Shop, 8960 SE Sunnyside Rd., Free. Preregistration required; call 503-496-0908.  “Discover the Sandy River Delta, part of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, on a free expert-guided bird walk hosted by Clackamas Backyard Bird Shop. Naturalist Elaine Murphy guides you through this multi-use natural area located at the confluence of the Columbia and Sandy Rivers. The delta features riparian, wetland, and meadow habitats where you’ll search for songbirds in the cottonwood galleries, espy waterfowl in the recently restored wetlands, and consider Maya Lin’s Confluence Project Bird Blind.”

"Scappoose Bay Watershed Fair", Saturday, June 16, 10AM- 4PM, Scappoose Bay Marina, 57420 Old Portland Rd. Warren, OR. Free. "Come enjoy a day at the bay with the Scappoose Bay Watershed Fair. The Scappoose Bay Watershed Council, our sponsors, and local vendors will provide games, activities, food and fun for all ages. There will be canoe tours of the bay at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm, as well as music, pony rides, raffles, a treasure hunt and much more! Bring the whole family and experience our natural treasures and all the bay has to offer."

Bullying AIR Annual Behavioral Support Workshop”, Saturday, June 16, 10AM-12PM, East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th, Pdx.  Preregistration required by June 11; contact Teresa Koon at (503) 823-4328 or by e-mail  Free workshop for parents, teachers, and caregivers. “Karen Ripplinger from Respect, Inspire, Support and  Educate, (R.I.S.E), will present on bullying.  Bullying is a serious issue that impacts nearly every one directly or indirectly. It is a behavior that knows no boundaries of class, race, gender, abilities or age. Children who are bullied may grow angry, resentful, frightened, and apathetic about returning to the site where they were bullied. This is an introductory workshop designed to: Define what bulling is; Introduce and define 5 types of bullying; Look at who is at risk of being bullied;  Discuss intervention strategies to stop the bullying.” More info here.

Daddy Daughter Dance”, Saturday, June 16, 6PM, Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Ave., $5 per dad and daughter pair. Preregistration required; register online.   “Celebrate father's day by taking your dad to a dance! Dance the night away with live music, family fun and free refreshments.”

Civil War Living History”, Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17, Fort Stevens State Park. 2nd US Artillery, Battery C.

Berry Jam”, Saturday, June 16,  and Sunday, June 17, 11AM-4PM, Kruger’s Farm Market, 17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd., Pdx.  Free but there is a charge for pony rides and food. “Free hayrides to berry fields for u-pick strawberries.  Strawberry shortcake only $2. Free kid’s jam making class at 2PM. Free music from 12PM-3PM. Facepainting. Pony rides. Captured by Porches Beer, Phil’s Grill, and Girasole Wood-fired Pizza open. Come on out and join in the wonderful Oregon tradition of picking fresh strawberries.  Sorry, no flavorless or hard berries here!”

Champoeg Bluebird Day”, Saturday, June 16, 1PM-4PM, Champoeg State Park.  $5 day use fee per vehicle. “Park staff and Prescott Bluebird Recovery Project volunteers team up to celebrate the return of the Western Bluebird to the park with fun and educational activities to support their efforts. Build or purchase a nest box. See bluebird-related exhibits, video presentations and a Junior Ranger program for kids. Enjoy some old-fashioned bird watching.”

Free Learn to Swim Week”, Registration in person on Saturday, June 16, 8:00AM at Portland Parks and Recreation pools, lessons Monday, June 18- Friday, June 22.  “Five days of free swim lessons!  Details here:

Easy Plant Program”, Saturday, June 16, 1PM, Beaverton City Library.  Suggested for grades 2-5.  Preregistration required; call 503-350-3600.  “This is a fun, hands-on program where kids learn how to grow their own plants.”

Rose City Garden Railway Summer Tour”, Saturday, June 16, 10AM- 5PM.  $10 for a booklet with full descriptions of each layout, maps and directions. Garden railways are model trains that run on outdoor track, often with carefully selected landscaping to complete the effect of a real miniature world.   This year, ten private homes with outdoor garden railway layouts will be open to the oohs and aaahs of visitors!  Stop by one of the participating hobby shops and garden centers to purchase a booklet.  We have gone for several years now, and it’s a real favorite with kids.  Lots more info here:

The Reptile Man”, Saturday, June 16, 2:30PM and 4:30PM, Camas Library, 625 NE 4th Ave., Camas, WA.; Wednesday, June 20, 11AM, 1PM, and 7PM, Salem Library, 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem;   Thursday, June 21, 11AM, Forest Grove Library, Rogers Room (Although this program is definitely suitable for all ages, they are restricting it to grades 1-6);  Thursday, June 21, 3PM and 6PM, Estacada Library, Flora Community Room;  Monday, June 25, 2PM, West Salem Library, 395 Glen Creek Rd. NW, Salem; Wednesday, June 27, 11AM, Newberg Library Carnegie Court;  Wednesday, June 27, 2PM, McMinnville Community Center, 600 NE Evans St., McMinnville, OR.; Thursday, June 28, 1PM, Woodburn Library; and Thursday, June 28, 7PM, Silver Falls Library.  This is one terrific show, which is why I’ve listed his shows from far and wide.  See some amazing animals up close and learn all about them.

Leupold Field Day”, Saturday, June 16, 10AM- 1:30PM, Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Rd., Pdx.  “Please join us for a special day with the optics experts of our favorite local manufacturer, Leupold and Stevens. 10 to 10:30 a.m. – binocular workshop; 10:30 to 11 a.m. – sighting scope workshop; 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – binocular and scope field testing in the Audubon Sanctuary. In the workshops, Leupold and Stevens’ technical experts will answer all your questions about optics selection: What do all those numbers mean? What are glass and prism coatings all about? What special features are available? How do I determine which is the best binocular or scope for me? And much more. In the field, we’ll have viewing sites set up in Audubon’s Wildlife Sanctuary. You’ll have the opportunity to test all the Leupold products to see how they really work in the field. And a bonus – every participant will receive a Leupold cap embroidered with Oregon’s official state bird, the Western Meadowlark.”

What’s Blooming on the Refuge”, Saturday, June 16, 9AM- 11AM, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood, OR. Free.   Preregistration required; contact Jenna Mendenhall at or call 503-625-5944 x222. “Join Refuge Volunteer Botanist, Ginny Maffitt, for a spring flower walk. Discover what’s blooming and how native plants are vital to healthy wildlife habitats. Be prepared to be outside. We encourage you to bring cameras, plant identification guides if you have them, and nature journals if you like. Binoculars are always handy for those watchable wildlife moments.”
Tommy Twimble”, Saturday, June 16, 2PM, Beaverton Library.  “Influenced by the 'new vaudeville', Thomas Schroyer plays an old world comic character, Tommy Twimble. This style of physical theater combines elements of object/hat manipulation, mime, magic, eccentric clown, live music and storytelling.”

Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival”, Saturday, June 16, 11AM- 9PM, Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Pdx.  $6 adults, $3 children 6-12, $15 for a family (2 adults, 2 children).   Music, dancing, games, Nordic foods, vendors, and beer garden.  Raising of the Maypole 1PM, Kid’s Zone 11AM-6PM.  “Scandinavians have a long tradition of celebrating the Summer Solstice with bonfires or raising of the Maypole (Majstång). Here in Portland that tradition is being celebrated for 84 continuous years at the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Midsummer in Scandinavia's northern climate is the biggest coming out celebration of the year and everyone is invited. At Portland's Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, it is a celebration of fertile fields, warmer and longer days with games, dancing, food, Scandinavian crafts and of course the raising of the Maypole. However, Scandinavian roots are not required to celebrate at this summer solstice festival. As all people of Nordic descent know, it’s always a fun, family friendly and important day with century old traditions. Scandinavians in traditional dress will greet hundreds of visitors beginning at 11 a.m.. Food and crafts are available from local Scandinavian clubs and vendors. Two stages of entertainment and a beer garden promise continuous entertainment with live music and dancing, all with a Scandinavian flavor. The Maypole will be raised at 1 p.m. and the Scandinavian of the Year award will be given during that festive event.”

Summer Reading 100 Year Anniversary Party”, Saturday, June 16, 2PM, Central Library US Bank Room.  “Come celebrate 100 years of Summer Reading at Multnomah County Library! We'll have a party with cake, games and crafts. Wear a Summer Reading T-shirt from years past and enter the drawing to win a prize!”

Fat Plants”, Saturday, June 16, 8AM-8PM, and Sunday, June 17, 8AM-4PM, Portland Nursery, 9000 SE Division St., Pdx.  This will be an awesome succulent and cacti show and sale, for those who appreciate these botanical wonders.

***HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!*** Sunday, June 17.

Father’s Day at the Farm”, Sunday, June 17, 11AM- 4PM, Philip Foster Farm, $5 per person or $20 per family. “Does not include meal. Bring your own picnic or order from our menu of barbecued favorites. Treat Dad to a barbecue lunch and spend the day visiting with artisans, collectors, demonstrators, exhibitors and musicians. Live music and folk dancing, arrowheads, woodworking, dowsing, dutch-oven cooking, big-wheel bike, woodstove cooking, corn-grinding, cross-cut saw, laundry station, rope-making, and blacksmith demonstrations.”

Puppet Workshop", Monday, June 18, 2PM, Tigard Library.  Suggested for ages 5 and up.  “Kick off the summer by making the characters of your dreams come to life with sock puppets, finger puppets and more.  Create a wiggly snake, a flying superhero or a singing bear, then perform a show.  The puppet possibilities are unlimited!”

Author Talk: Andrew Blum”, Monday, June 18, 7:30PM, Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside, Pdx. “Almost everything about our day-to-day lives—and the broader scheme of human culture—can be found on the Internet. But what is it physically? And where is it really? Our mental map of the network is as blank as the map of the ocean that Columbus carried on his first voyages. The Internet, its material nuts and bolts, is an unexplored territory. Until now. In Tubes, journalist Andrew Blum goes inside the Internet’s physical infrastructure and flips on the lights, revealing an utterly fresh look at the online world we think we know. It is a shockingly tactile realm of unmarked compounds, populated by a special caste of engineer who pieces together our networks by hand; where glass fibers pulse with light and creaky telegraph buildings, tortuously rewired, become communication hubs once again. From the room in Los Angeles where the Internet first flickered to life to the caverns beneath Manhattan as new fiber-optic cable is buried; from the coast of Portugal, where a ten-thousand-mile undersea cable just two thumbs wide connects Europe and Africa, to the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, where Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have built monumental data centers—Blum chronicles the dramatic story of the Internet’s development, explains how it all works, and takes the first ever in-depth look inside its hidden monuments.”

Rinearson Creek Turtle Trapping”, Tuesday, June 19, 6:30PM- 8PM, Gladstone, OR. $6.50 per person. Advanced preregistration required; register online:   “Meet with Rinearson Creek Coalition members and learn about this award-winning community conservation project that involves local citizens in turtle trapping and habitat conservation.  Help check turtle traps, look at suitable turtle nesting habitat,  and learn about native turtle conservation efforts including issues related to invasive species.  This experience is at Rinearson Creek Pond in Gladstone. The meeting location is a culdesac at/around 4660 SE La Cour. This is a Portland address.  There should be enough on-street parking to accommodate all participants.  Susan Barnes will meet you on the culdesac and lead you down to the Rinearson Creek pond.  This is a family friendly experience and appropriate for children ages 8 and older.  Please note that this occurs in and around a wetland area so wear boots and clothing you don't mind getting muddy.  If you want to help check turtle traps, you'll need to wear chest waders!”

Cattails are Cool!”, Monday, June 18, 3:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library. Suggested for grades 1-3. Preregistration required; register online.  “Did you know the cattail plant is a whole grocery store all by itself? We'll learn about the different uses Native Americans had for parts of the cattail plant and then make our own cattail leaf duck. Wear warm clothes and comfortable walking shoes for our adventure.”  Presented by Jackson Bottom Wetlands.

In Search of Family:  A Journey to Lithuania”, Monday, June 18, 6:30PM, Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver, WA.  “In 1909, Gary Kokstis' grandfather immigrated from Lithuania to the U.S. None of the family returned to Lithuania until 2010 when Vancouver resident Gary and his wife, Katlin Smith, located Gary's long-lost relatives, who didn't realize they had American cousins who were looking for them. This is a program about their three-week trip to Lithuania to reunite the family and meet cousins for the first time. Their travelogue will include photos of this beautiful Baltic country.”

Excursion Egypt”, Tuesday, June 19, 6:30PM, Battle Ground Library, Meyer Room, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground, WA.  “Local residents Tom Sedlacek and Traci Arnold traveled to Egypt in 2006. They sailed the Nile, shopped in a local market, had dinner with a local family, and even rode camels! Share their journey as they present a slideshow of temples, museums, pyramids, and people.”

Homeschool  Book Party”, Tuesday, June 19, 1PM, Fairview-Columbia Library.  “Calling all homeschoolers age 6-10! Make new friends, talk about great books, and make book-related crafts.  Read ‘Starring Grace’ by Mary Hoffman.

Book Talk and Signing with Lois Leveen”, Tuesday, June 19, 6:30PM, Canby Library. “To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Louis Leveen discusses the inspirational true story behind her forthcoming novel ‘The Secrets of Mary Bowser,’ about the African American woman who became a Union spy by posing as a slave in the Confederate White House.”

Author Reading: Ruth Feldman”, Tuesday, June 19, 7PM, Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Pdx.  “Ruth Tenzer Feldman will be at the store to read from her recently published young adult novel, ‘Blue Thread’ . “It's 1912. Sixteen-year-old Miriam Josefsohn is groomed for the life of a socialite, but dreams of working in the family print shop. When her father refuses to train her as his replacement, Miriam decides to take control of her life and devotes herself to women's suffrage at the height of the Oregon campaign. In the process, she meets the mysterious Serakh, who inquires about a special shawl with a single blue thread. Miriam discovers that this family heirloom, her great-grandmother's prayer shawl, is capable of transporting her thousands of years into the past, where she is introduced to the daughters of Zelophehad and their ancient struggle for women's rights. With Serakh as her guide, Miriam embarks on a journey to alter the past, but will she have the courage to fight for her own future?”

Hart’s Reptile World”, Tuesday, June 19, 10:30AM, Garden Home Community Library.  “Hart’s Reptile World is a longtime established reptile rescue organization committed to the humane and ethical treatment of reptiles through rescue, education and presentation.”  They also have a terrific show that utterly fascinates kids, and don’t present around the Portland area nearly often enough.  Don’t miss this!

Brad Clark- Stories and Songs”, Tuesday, June 19, 2PM, Sherwood Library.  Performance will take place outside. “Come join us as we kick-off our Summer Reading Program performances with gifted musician and storyteller extraordinaire, Brad Clark, for a fun hour of singing, dancing and silly stories for all!”  Brad Clark is a Youth Services Staffmember at the Wilsonville Public Library.

Yo-Yo University”, Tuesday, June 19, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library; Wednesday, June 20, 3PM, Cornelius Library; Wednesday, June 20, 6:30PM, Forest Grove Library; and Tuesday, June 26, 5PM, Beaverton Murry Schools Library.  “Professional Yo-Yoers Colin Leland and Greg Winterrowd demonstrate what is now possible with a yo-yo. Those interested in learning how to do it themselves just might be brought on stage for a quick lesson!”  and here’s a great article about these guys here:

komedy 4 da kidz”,  Tuesday, June 19, 3PM, Gregory Heights Library; Tuesday, June 26, 10:30AM, Garden Home Community Library; Tuesday, June 26, 2:30PM, Valley Community Presbyterian Church, gymnasium, 8060 SW Brentwood, Pdx; Wednesday, June 27, 10:15AM, Hillsboro Main Library; Wednesday, June 27, 3PM, Cornelius Library; and Thursday, June 28, 11AM, Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver, WA. “Komedy 4 da kidz as presented by physical comedian, Angel Ocasio, is a high energy, very funny 45 - 60 minute one man variety show, perfectly suited for family audiences. This wonderfully interactive performance combines physical comedy, jokes, juggling, object balancing, comedy magic and impromptu comedy situations.”

An Evening with Phillip Margolin”, Tuesday, June 19, 7PM, Beaverton Library Auditorium; Wednesday, June 20, 7PM, Tigard Library Community Room; and Wednesday, June 27, 7PM, Forest Grove Library. “Learn how a local full time criminal defense lawyer became a bestselling mystery writer, where he gets his ideas from, and how he writes his novels.”

Driving on Sunshine:  The Intersection of our Electrical Grid, Solar Power, and Electric Vehicles”, Tuesday, June 19, 7PM, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., Pdx.  Free, $5  donation requested.  Minors admitted with an adult.  “As more solar power comes online and more plug-in electric vehicles begin driving through our communities, it is increasingly important that we design creative solutions that intelligently connect these technologies to our electrical grid. How can solar power and electric vehicles work together to support a cleaner, more efficient electrical grid? What needs to be done to safely and affordably integrate these technologies into our neighborhoods and cities? Hear from Cameron Coleman from InSpec, in partnership with the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon and Solar Oregon, who will discuss what our sustainable energy future could look like and more.”

75th Anniversary Transpolar Flight”, Wednesday, June 20, 8:22AM- 5PM, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St., Vancouver, WA. Admission $7 adults, $5 seniors, students ages 6-17, and active military with ID, free for kids under 6.  Family rate $22. “Join us in the recognition of this international event that brought worldwide recognition to the City of Vancouver, Washington. This epic flight that took place in 1937 grabbed the attention of headlines around the globe as the three famed aviators exited their Russian ANT 25 to the cheering crowds around Pearson Field.  A Rose laying Ceremony will take place at 8:22am at the special Transpolar Flight Monument next to our museum. Guest speakers will be featured and Interpreters from the National Park Service will give in depth presentations concerning this most daring and brave non-stop transpolar flight. Museum doors will open at 8:30am with breakfast served until 11:00am. Be sure to mark this historic day on your calendar, and join us for the international festivities.”

Big Rig Revamped”, Wednesday, June 20, 9AM- 12PM, St. Helens Library. “In 2010 the St. Helens Public Library hosted its first Big Rig Day. Last summer, audiences were exuberant when Big Rig Returned. The library now cordially invites families to the third annual heavy equipment petting zoo: Big Rig Revamped!!! Join us June 20th from 9 am to Noon for a hefty good time with big vehicles from around the County. The first 200 children to arrive will receive a free picture book - everyone else can sit in the driver’s seat, get a lift, and take a ride. This is also a good day to sign your child up for the Summer Reading Program in which your children (ages birth through eighteen) can earn prizes for the reading they do all summer long.”

The Bug Chicks”, Wednesday, June 20, 11AM, Gresham Library; Tuesday, June 26, 1PM and 3PM, Woodstock Library (free tickets will be given out a half hour before each show); and Thursday, June 28, 1:30PM, North Portland Library.  “You will not be afraid of bugs after learning about all the amazing things they can do! Join the Bug Chicks, two female entomologists (bug scientists), in exploring the world of insects, spiders and their relatives. You can even hold, pet and look at all sorts of crazy creatures including tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions and more!” Highly recommended!

Pete Ford Band”, Wednesday, June 20, 12PM, Scott Park Ledding Library Ampitheater, Milwaukie. “Great western music.”

Steve’s Creature Feature”, Wednesday, June 20, 2:30PM and 4PM, Woodstock Library (free tickets will be given out a half hour before each show); Thursday, June 21, 11AM, Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver, WA; Friday, June 22, 11AM and 1PM, White Salmon Valley Library, 77 NE Wauna Ave., White Salmon, WA; Monday, June 25, 2PM, Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver, WA; Wednesday June 27, 1:30PM and 3:30PM, Sunnyside Library Community Room; Thursday, June 28, 11AM, Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver, WA; Thursday, June 28, 1:30PM, Oak Lodge Library, Oak Grove; and Friday, June 29, 3PM, Goldendale Community Library, 131 W. Burgen St., Goldendale, WA. “Explore the amazing world of reptiles with Steve Latanzi! Kids will be able to safely see, hear and touch some of the most amazing creatures on earth. Nature doesn't get any more real and fun than this! Steve is a well traveled wildlife expert who specializes in studying exotic animals from around the world.”  Highly recommended!

Bob Eaton, Magician”, Wednesday, June 20, 12:30PM and 2PM, Beaverton Library; and Thursday, June 28, 1PM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City. “Join local magician Bob Eaton as he wows us with interactive magic tricks.” 

Wapato Bird Walk”, Saturday, June 20, 8AM- 11AM, Wapato Access Greenway, 19101 NW Sauvie Island Road, Pdx.  Free. Preregistration required; register online here:  “Join us for a ranger-led bird walk at Wapato State Greenway, part of the 12,000 acre Sauvie Island Important Bird Area (IBA). This easy 2.25 mile loop traverses mixed forest and open oak savannah around Virginia Lakes just east of the Multnomah Channel. With this local habitat diversity it is not surprising that nearly half of the bird species found in Oregon have been recorded on Sauvie Island.  We will meet at the main Wapato Greenway parking lot off of Sauvie Island Road at 8am. Bring binoculars and a water bottle.  While we welcome all ages, the walk is geared toward adults. All birding levels are welcome. Dress for the weather; we will head out rain or shine.”

Little Bugs, Big World”, Wednesday, June 20, 1:30PM, Troutdale Library; Thursday, June 28, 11AM, St. Johns Library; and Thursday, June 28, 3:30PM, Selllwood Community Center, 1436 SE Spokane St.   “A little lady bug meets a caterpillar and together they decide to travel the world, visiting bugs from all sorts of countries. While on their journey, they have to be very careful of the sneaky spider Mr. S., who is out to catch the reading bugs! Will they be caught in his web, or will the adventure lead them back home safely? Find out in this thrilling puppet show performed by Dragon Theater.”

Henrik Bothe”, Wednesday, June 20, 10:30AM, Molalla Library, gym. “He walks on ladders, spins ropes, juggles without using his hands, manipulates fancy hats, and rides a unicycle.”

Bird and Nature Walk”, Wednesday, June 20, 8AM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free.  “This 1 ½ hour walk around Sweek Pond is led by the Wetlands Conservancy.”

The Big Bang and Beyond:  A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe”, Thursday, June 21, 7PM, Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evans St., McMinnville.  All ages.  Free, $5 donation requested.  “What does the Universe look like and what is our place in it? How is it evolving and what did it look like in the distant past? What will it be like in the future? Join Willamette University physics chair and cosmologist Dr. Rick Watkins in an exploration of the Universe and its evolution.”

Felt Board Stories”, Thursday, June 21, 10:30AM, Beaverton Library.  Preregistration required; call 503-350-3600.  Suggested for ages 2-8. “Add to your felt board collection with some new stories.”

Meet Author Jay Lake”, Thursday, June 21, 7PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie.   “Jay Lake has been described as one of the rising stars of the science fiction and fantasy genre. Since first appearing on the scene in late 2001, he has seen over 240 short stories published, along with seven novels out, and three more forthcoming over the next few years. His work has received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and significant recognition within the science fiction and fantasy field. He has won two of the most prestigious awards in science fiction and been nominated for numerous others.”

Gracias Amigos:  Our Debt to Mexico”, Thursday, June 21, 7PM, Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Dr., Tualatin. Free; donations will be accepted.   “Washington County Museum educator and former attorney Dr. Ilene O'Malley describes how the Bracero Program of the 1940s brought 1000s of Mexican workers to Oregon and led to permanent change to local agriculture. Latino workers are still a major economic force today. Local community experts will add their perspective.”

African Storytelling with Habiba!”, Thursday, June 21, 1:30PM, North Portland Library.  “Stories are meant to inspire, entertain and provoke. Join Habiba, a native of Ghana, in learning stories about African history. Habiba offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement. These stories help us explore our own world as well as those far, far away.”

Oregon Shadow Theatre presents, “The Green Bird”, Wednesday, June 20, 2PM, Rockwood Library.  “Join the Oregon Shadow Theatre for an entertaining shadow play based on Mexican folktales. In this tale, a boy is transformed into a fortune-telling bird by a magician. A brave girl journeys through Mexico to save him and encounters fantastic characters in her travels. Colorful and intricate shadow puppets combine with live music, voices and sound effects to create delightful family entertainment.”  Highly recommended!

Charles the Clown”, Thursday, June 21, 1PM, Pioneer Community Center, 615 5th St., Oregon City; and Wednesday, June 27, 3PM, Fairview Park Bandstand, south end of NE Village St. near the Fairview Oregon City Hall.  “Join Charles and his puppet side-kick, Biscuit the Dog, as they share colorful and captivating stories in this interactive performance. Their hilarious routine is performed entirely in the funniest comic rhyme; each story includes fun magic tricks, physical comedy and lots of laughs!”

Tears of Joy present, “Mantis and the Moon”, Thursday, June 21, 2PM, Ledding Library of Milwaukie.  Suggested for ages 5 and up.  “A folktale from South Africa.”

Reconnecting with Life:  Biomimicry and the Nature Principle”, Thursday, June 21, 7PM, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Pdx.  Free; $5 donation requested.  If you wish to attend, I’d strongly advise arriving as early as possible. “In his most recent book, ‘The Nature Principle’, Richard Louv [author of ‘Last Child in the Woods’], makes the case that the more technological our society becomes, the more we need nature—not only for our physical and spiritual health but also for our long-term survival. Louv will be in Portland to deliver the opening address of the 2012 Biomimicry Education Summit, held in conjunction with a special Science Pub. The address will connect his call for a “New Nature Movement” with the promise of biomimicry, a new discipline based on the premise that nature’s innovations hold the solutions to our toughest design challenges. More than simply emphasizing conservation or nature appreciation, Louv advocates that we embrace the reality that we are an interconnected part of the planet and take action to create new and deeper ways of bringing the natural world into all aspects of human life. Similarly, biomimicry offers a hopeful strategy for living gracefully on the earth, as other organisms have done for billions of years. Biomimicry can be a doorway to the natural world for technology enthusiasts and a window for nature-lovers into technological and sustainable solutions to pressing problems. As we strive to bring nature into our cities, schools, workplaces—so too must we bring it into our design processes and technology itself. Through a nature-balanced existence—driven by sound economic, social, and environmental solutions—the human race can and will thrive. This timely, inspiring, and important message will give audience members renewed hope while challenging them to rethink the way we live."

Astronaut Book Workshop”, Friday, June 22, 10:30AM and 12:30PM, Beaverton Library.  Suggested for grades K-2.  Preregistration required; call 503-350-3600.  “Join artist Sarah Fagan as she shows you how to make your very own astronaut book!”

"Soil Superheroes at Blue Lake", Friday, June 22, Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, 1PM- 5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview, OR.  Free, with $5 per vehicle day use fee. Suggested for ages 3 and up. "Discover how worms help plants, beetles beat bad bugs, fungi fertilize soil and how other wild creatures can help your garden grow. Dig in to an active worm bin, find “fossils” in the ground, make clay beads or create other cool soil crafts."

Summer Kite Festival”, Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, 10AM- 4PM, D-River Wayside, Lincoln City, OR.  “The weekend includes featured flyers, family-friendly activities like kite-making, a kid’s kite parade, and a mass ascension. This year’s theme is ‘Stars and Stripes’. The festival will include kite flying demonstrations by experts, and some of the most colorful ‘big’ kites in the world! Join us as we display a dizzying array of red, white and blue kites! Lincoln City, named by Kitelines Magazine as one of the best places to fly kites in North America, celebrates with three kite festivals each year, two outdoors and one indoors. Situated on the 45th parallel, Lincoln City is positioned at the ideal point for mixing warm equatorial air and cold polar air, which creates ideal winds for outdoor flying. In addition, the clean air flowing directly off the ocean is preferred by kite flying experts, and novices will see a difference in their abilities as well. Kite-flying demonstrations, kid’s events, kite-making workshops, running of the Bols and more!”

Festival of Balloons”, Friday, June 22, Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, Cook Park, 17005 SW 92nd Ave., Tigard, OR.  “Festival parking is available on the Tigard High School field for $5. Parking entrance is off of Durham Road/Swim Center Parking Lot. It's a brief walk down the hill to the festival grounds, or catch a shuttle for only $1 per person. 3 day-weekend pass at the gate for $7 OR you can purchase in advance a 3 day-weekend pass for $5 online. This ticket is good for unlimited access to the Festival for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Kids 6 and under are free. Get down to Cook Park EARLY (5:45 am - 6:15) each morning to experience the spectacular hot air balloons as they launch (weather permitting) and dot the morning sky. Spend the afternoon shopping at the craft and business vendor booths. Visit the GameTime Fun Zone on Friday and Saturday afternoons for kids of all ages.  Eating contests for both adults and kids, new this year!  Don’t miss the Festival of Cars on Sunday presented by Landmark Ford. Of course, it wouldn’t be the festival of balloons without the ever impressive Northwest Natural Night Glow on Friday and Saturday nights; the Rogue Beer Garden, live music on the Frontier main stage; Funtastic carnival fun center, clowns, cotton candy, and a whole lot more! It’s MORE than just balloons!”  We definitely find the balloon launches to be extraordinary! Highly recommended!

The Battle of the Cascades”, Friday, June 22, 6:30PM, Hillsboro Main Library.  “In the mid-1850s, the entire Pacific Northwest was at war. One crucial battle was fought for three days to control the Columbia Gorge. Local author Kurt Nelson will speak about the war, its causes, and the Battle of the Cascades.”

Stayton Island Oregon Tour- Oregon Chub”, Friday, June 22, 10AM- 12PM,  $6.50 per person.  Advance tickets required; purchase tickets online at  “Visit ODFW's fish monitoring facility at the Upper Bennett Dam fishway in the company of ODFW biologist Alex Farrand.  Includes opportunities to view other points of interest on nearby Geren Island as well as the Stayton Ponds channel restoration site and chub ponds.  Conditions permitting, observe ODFW biologists sampling local fish populations with traps, seine nets, or electrofishers. This is a family friendly experience appropriate for children ages 8 and older. The initial meeting location is the Stayton Bridge County Boat Ramp just off Stayton-Scio Road.”

Original Practice Shakespeare Festival”, Free Shakespeare in the parks!  Performing “As You Like It”, Saturday, June 23, 2PM, in Gabriel Park, SW Portland; Friday, June 29, 7PM, in Esther Short Park, Vancouver, WA; and Saturday, June 30, 2PM, in Cathedral Park, North Portland. Also performing “Romeo and Juliet”, Sunday, June 24, 1PM, in Kenton Park, North Portland. “OPS Fest is dedicated to bringing a new style of Shakespearean performance to the Portland area by reviving the old.  When Shakespeare originally penned and performed his plays, theatrical practices were very different than modern audiences are accustomed to. First Folio editions of Shakespeare’s plays include all the cues an actor needs to perform his or her role without rehearsal.  This allows the truest reaction to the story as it progresses. Ops Fest performs using the same performance techniques as they did in Shakespeare's own time, which means limited rehearsal; an onstage prompter; fast-paced, energetic acting; and lots of audience interaction.  This lends a much more immediate, organic, improvisational feel to the performances.”

Kids Hike at Steigerwald”, Saturday, June 23,  Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal, WA. Free.  Preregistration required; register online: “Easy: 2.75 miles, no elevation gain. Join Environmental Educator Samantha Johnson for an exploratory hike on the Gibbons Creek Nature Trail though Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. We will discover animal signs, plants and take a closer look at the wide variety of birds that call this refuge home. This family-friendly outing is open to all ages, however it is especially geared towards children. Once you register you will receive a confirmation email with all of the meeting times and places.  The Gippons Creek Trail is a lovely new trail at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge, great for birding and wildlife viewing. This trail is a flat graveled path that leads you through riparian areas rich in wildlife viewing opportunities.  Hikers may see great blue herons, geese, ducks, grebes, pileated woodpeckers, great horned owls and more.”

The Snowflake Man”, Saturday, June 23, 10:30AM and 12PM, Sellwood-Moreland Library, free tickets will be given out a half hour before each show.  Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Do you know what a snowflake looks like? This puppet performance is inspired by Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, a farmer and scientist who in 1885 was the first person to capture the image of a single snow crystal. Sarah Frechette, of Puppetkabob, performs Bentley’s fascinating story using a unique trunk show of marionettes and props.”

Pollination Celebration”, Saturday, June 23, 10AM- 12PM, Howell Territorial Park, Sauvie Island.  $10 per family. Preregistration required; register online:   “Join us as we celebrate National Pollinator Week. What is pollination? Why is it an important part of the food web? What kinds of insects and animals facilitate the pollination process?  All these questions and more will be answered when you attend the Pollination Celebration. We’ll search for pollinators in and around the native hedgerow on the Sauvie Island Organics farm. Using our looking glasses, we’ll get a closer look at pollen on a variety of plants and see how bees gather pollen. We’ll even make Mason Bee Houses to take home and participate in a honey tasting.”

"Nature Games at Oxbow", Saturday, June 23, 10AM- 1PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Pkwy., Gresham, OR.  $11 per family, plus $5 day use fee per vehicle.  Preregistration required; register online:  "Bring your family to beautiful Oxbow Regional Park and play nature games with Metro naturalist Deb Scrivens. Take off your shoes, run in the grass, use your “owl eyes,” stalk like a fox and play 'nutty squirrels.'"

Portland Revels present “SummerFaire”, Saturday, June 23, 9AM- 2PM, at the PSU Farmer’s Market, South Park blocks between SW Hall and SW Montgomery. “Join us to launch a brand new event! We asked what you'd like to see us do, and you directed us to create a public celebration of the Summer Solstice. And so we shall: Begin a new family tradition. Share Saturday, June 23 with us at the first-ever Revels SummerFaire with music and dance of other cultures, at the PSU Farmer's Market at Portland's South Park Blocks! Our mission is to celebrate the seasons in community with traditions and the performing arts, so we’ve invited some wonderful performers to grace our main stage, and we’ll have smaller acts “on the green,” as well as cultural groups, storytelling, and kids activities on the block next to - and in - the lively public venue of the PSU Farmer's Market. Since many of the seasonal folk arts traditions that Revels preserves and showcases arose in the context of the agricultural cycle of planting and harvesting and small village life, basing this new celebration in the Farmer's Market seems like coming home. Main stage guest performers include:  ViVoce Singers,  The Oregon Chorale, Indonesian Performing Arts of Oregon,   The Portland Peace Choir,Yiddish Republik, Original Practice Shakespeare, Bollywood Movez, Inspirational Sounds from Latin America, NW Conservatory of Dance, The Tir Eoghain Dancers.  On the green we’ll enjoy:  Renegade Rose Morris team, The Wild Rose Garland Dancers, Costumed rustics,Storytellers from the Portland Storytellers Guild.  We’ll have volunteer hosts offering hands-on fun workshops about the solstice, the seasons, and arts and folk traditions to engage and educate for children and families. And we are hosting cultural and ethnic organizations from around the world to share their home traditions about the Solstice, the sun, and the seasons.”
Civil War Living History”, Saturday, June 23, 10AM- 6PM, and Sunday, June 24, 10AM- 2PM, Fort Stevens State Park. “Join the 69th New York Infantry as they reenact the Civil War soldier's experience.”

Birding at the Sandy River Delta”, Saturday, June 23, 7AM- 10AM. From Portland take I-84 east, take Exit 18. At the stop sign turn right and loop under the freeway. Continue to the parking lot by the restroom. “Join leader Ron Escano on a walk around this rich riparian area near the Columbia River looking and listening for cottonwood bottom nesters like Bullock's oriole and Red-eyed Vireo. Maybe Willow Flycatchers too! Meet Ron at 7am at the parking lot by the restroom, and we should be done by 10am. Bring water, binoculars. Beginners welcome!”

If You’re Happy and Uke Know It…”, Saturday, June 23, 2PM, Holgate Library.  “With her ukulele, guitar, harmonica and other unusual instruments, zany Cinda has the whole audience singing, laughing, dancing and playing along. Through this performance, Cinda shows you that making music with children does not require special skills or “musical talent” and is a wonderful tool to learn at an early age!”

Lego Construction Zone”, Sunday, June 24, 1:30PM, Tigard Library Puett Room. Suggested for ages 5 and up. “Drop in to work on your creations with other LEGO fans. We'll supply the building blocks; you bring your creativity.” 

Landscaping for Conservation:  Let Nature Work for You”, Sunday, June 24, 1PM-4PM, Tryon Creek State Park, free.  Preregistration required; register online.  A workshop for adults that may be of interest.  “Learn how your garden can function more like the natural system surrounding us.  You will learn about your garden from the ground up – starting with the soil and its complex role supporting plants.  You will also learn about gardening with native plants which use less water and don’t require expensive fertilizers and pesticides. This program is a great way to learn more about the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, a partnership between the Friends of Tryon Creek, Columbia Land Trust, and Audubon Society of Portland.”

Portland Taiko”, Tuesday, June 26, 2PM, Sherwood Library.  “Come feel the vibrations of Portland Taiko, the premier Pacific Northwest taiko ensemble. Taiko (the Japanese word for drum and the name of the art form) is rooted in ancient Japanese tradition and has evolved into a dynamic art form combining rhythm, movement, culture, and energy. Portland Taiko will inspire, educate, and entertain the entire family!”

Bend Magic”, Tuesday, June 26, 2PM, Ridgefield Community Library, Ridgefield, WA. “Join us for an incredible, astonishing, laugh-filled magic and comedy show.”

Recess Monkey”, Tuesday, June 26, 3PM, Tigard Library Community Room, Tuesday, June 26, 7PM, Tualatin Commons, 8325 Nyberg St., Tualatin; Wednesday, June 27, 10:30AM, Central Library US Bank Room (free tickets will be given out at 10AM); Wednesday, June 27, 2PM, Hollywood Library (free tickets will be given out at 1:30PM).   “This trio of talented teachers from Seattle moonlights as Recess Monkey, a band that performs songs about animals and other fun stuff set to a great sing-along beat.”

Reading in Rhythm”, Wednesday, June 27, 11AM, Gresham Library, Large Meeting Room.  “This delightful show ties together two very important ideas: music and reading! Featuring timeless literary classics such as Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland and Tales of Beatrix Potter, the Con Grazia Wind Quintet of the Oregon Chamber Players performs a wide range of music and entertains between pieces with short stories to make for an enjoyable concert experience.”

Presto the Magician”, Wednesday, June 27, 3PM, DeWitt Park across the street from the Hillsdale Library (In the event of bad weather, it will be held inside the library and free tickets will be given out at 2:30PM); Thursday, June 28, 2PM, Banks Library; and Saturday, June 30, 10:15AM, Albina Library. “Presto the Magician presents a show that will inspire lots of laughter, squeals of delight, and oohs and aahs. He combines his high-energy, comedic style with amazing magic guaranteed to make young and old wide-eyed with surprise.”

Zephyr Brown Juggling Workshop”, Wednesday, June 27, 10:30AM, Molalla Library, gym.  “This wonderful juggling workshop is great fun for all ages.”

The Not-Its Band”, Wednesday, June 27, 2PM, Woodland Community Library, 770 Park St., Woodland, WA.  “Join us for The Not-It's, America's most rockin' kindie band, live, in concert! They're a rockin' band from Seattle, making music fun for children. They offer up-tempo, power-pop hits that families will love.”

Knights of Veritas”, Thursday, June 28, 4PM, Tigard Library Community Room, and Friday, June 29, 12PM, Rossman Park, 555 4th St., Lake Oswego.  Suggested for ages 5 and up.  “What was knighthood like in the Middle Ages?  Join us for this demonstration of ancient fighting techniques.  The knights will exhibit authentically weighted, detailed swords and armor, which you will have the rare opportunity to experience hands-on.”

Library Lego Lovers”, Thursday, June 28, 4PM, Three Creeks Community Library, 800 NE Tenney Rd. #C, Vancouver, WA; and Thursday, June 28, 6PM, Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 Se 8th Way, Battle Ground, WA. Suggested for ages 5-11. “Join us each month for a new Lego challenge.”

Rock’n’Roll Kindy”, Thursday, June 28, 2PM, Stevenson Community Library, 120 NW Vancouver Ave., Stevenson, WA. “Be a rock star with Mo Philips by singing songs you know, learning crazy new ones, and writing a couple of tunes from scratch.”

Captain Underpants Rules!”, Friday, June 29, 2PM, Hillsboro Shute Park Library. Preregistration required; call 503-615-6500.  Suggested for grades 1-5. “Enjoy activities based on the ever popular Captain Underpants book series!”

OMSI Bug Me”, Friday, June 29, 11AM, White Salmon Valley Community Library, 77 NE Wauna Ave., White Salmon, WA.  “Discover how insects' bodies change as they grow and how they survive being one of the smallest living creatures. Design your own bug to take home!”

Portland Parks and Recreation’s “Summer Free For All” program opens on Friday, June 29, with a summer movie,  and will continue through August, with concerts, theatre, opera, a circus, etc.  Check it out!

Oregon Home Education Network Convention 2012”,  Saturday, June 30, 9AM-5:15PM, Valley Catholic High School, 4275 SW 148th Ave.,  Beaverton, OR.  “Our homeschooling community is strong, diverse and talented! We have so much to offer each other and our next homeschooling convention gives us the perfect opportunity to connect, discuss, and make new friends as we learn from each other!” We are super lucky to have so many people from our local homeschooling community working so hard to create a spectacular homeschooling convention which is open to every faith and educational style.  Everyone is welcome!  I find it really energizing to be with so many enthusiastic homeschoolers all at once, and the array of local resources to learn about is staggering. It only happens once every two years. Be there or be square!

Dream Big:  What Can You Be?”, Saturday, June 30, 2PM, Beaverton Library.  Suggested for ages 4-11. “Imagine all kinds of careers! Hands-on learning centers for kids and grown-ups, too!”Dragon Theater Puppets present, “The Clueless Detective”, Friday, June 29, 7PM, and Saturday, June 30, 3PM and 7PM, Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum, 906 SE Umatilla St., Pdx. Advance tickets $6.50 for ages 3 and up; purchase tickets online: “Buster Charms, the sneaky thief, has been taking books without permission. The people of the town come to the clueless detective for help, but the guy just can't seem to figure it out. Help the detective unravel the clues and solve the mystery! Will he  get a clue at the library? Or will the sneaky villain get away with the crime? This interactive show takes the audience on a wild ‘film noir’ style journey, combining black and white characters and bright red clues.” 

"Rick Meyer's Old Time Music Show", Friday, June 29, 8:30PM, Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham, OR. Free.  "This lively show immerses the audience in the musical heritage of the American pioneers along the Oregon Trail. Instruments and household items such as the musical saw, jew’s-harp, spoons, banjo, ukulele and washtub bass are included as part of this informative, fun-filled presentation."  Rick Meyers is absolutely phenomenal, and definitely worth seeing! This is a show at the campground, for overnight campers.  I have been to them before without being a camper.  I called ahead to ask, and was told that as long as I told the park rangers when I entered the park and when I arrived at the show, that we would need to be let out of the gate afterward, it was no problem, and this proved to be true.  If you are not camping and do come to a show, be sure to bring a flashlight to find your way back to your car!

"Plant Explorations at Blue Lake", Friday, June 29, Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, 1PM-5PM, Blue Lake Regional Park, 20500 NE Marine Dr., Fairview, OR.  Free with $5 per vehicle day use fee.  "Learn how seeds travel, stems sprout, plants grow, or how flowers make fruit in a beautiful children's garden. Enjoy fun activities such as potato printing, bookmark making, flower origami or leaf rubbings. Ages three and up. Adult supervision required."

World Beat Festival”, Saturday, June 30,  10AM- 11PM,  with Dances of Fire and Light beginning at dusk, and Sunday, July 1, 10AM- 6PM, with Dragon Boat Races beginning at 9AM; Riverfront City Park, Salem, OR. $5 suggested donation at the gate.   “The World Beat Festival is a two-day international cultural event that gives visitors the opportunity to learn about different cultures by experiencing their music, dance, stories, art, and foods in an atmosphere of openness and appreciation for people of all ethnic backgrounds. More than 125 performances, demonstrations, and workshops take place throughout the weekend. In 2011, 65 countries and cultures were represented through the performances, demonstrations and exhibits at the festival.  The Festival engages cultural heritage groups from all over the Northwest and beyond. It is organized in five World Villages representing different regions of the world and has nine performance venues, three parades, and Dragon Boat Races all day on Sunday.  One February evening in 1997, two moms with young daughters set out to form a positive response to incidents of racism and intolerance in Salem, Oregon. On rolls of poster paper stretched across a dining room wall, they mapped out a celebration of cultural diversity.  The World Beat Festival, celebrating its 15th anniversary this June 30-July 1 is a true story of community action.”  For a complete schedule and lots more details, check here:

Summer Solstice Celebration”, Saturday, June 30, at sunset, Rooster Rock State Park and LL Stub Stewart State Park.  Free with $5 per vehicle state park day use fee. “Astronomers will celebrate the beginning of summer with a free Star Party!  Join us at Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, weather permitting. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescope and binoculars. Viewing highlights includes Mars, Saturn, the moon, several clusters, and more!  On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, (503) 797-4610 #3 then #5, or check the OMSI Star Parties web site for possible weather-related cancellations.”

Treat Day”, Saturday, June 30, 1PM-4PM, Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 NE Grist Mill Rd., Woodland, WA. Free, donations accepted. “Treat Day is the time we get to let loose, and have some fun. Cookies, Cakes, Scones, Muffins, and even doggie biscuits are likely to turn up. Our volunteers will whip up their favorite goodies and we will be sharing them with our visitors. There will be plenty of coffee and milk to wash down those cookies. We like to share our recipes, too.” Of course you also get to see a covered bridge and a working grist mill, and samples are offered of flour and cornmeal (paid for with donations from visitors).

Willamette Mission Battle”, Saturday, June 30, through Monday, July 2, Willamette Mission State Park, Keizer, OR. This is a battle reenactment presented by the Northwest Civil War Council. “The Northwest Civil War Council is a non-profit organization made up of people who share a strong interest in the American Civil War. They believe that this conflict, as savage and tragic as it was, still represents the centerpiece of our history and has important effects for us as a people even in the 21st century.”